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Football aerosol to be tested during UEFA youth tournament

European football governing body UEFA has announced that an aerosol invented by an Argentine to mark out distances at free kicks would be tested at the upcoming European Under-17 Championships.

The continent's organisers today confirmed that its executive committee had given the green light for the spray - invented by Argentine Pablo César Silva and widely used in the country and South America - to be used in May's tournament, held in Malta.

"Depending on how this test pans out, the spray could be used in other UEFA competition," a statement explained.

The aerosol leaves a white foam on the grass, which disappears one minute later, and is used by referees to mark out the distance which defenders must stand from the taker of a free kick (9.15m/ 10 yards).

Officials who have used the spray have given it unreserved praise; not least because it has a preventative effect on players crossing the line, reducing delays and sanctions due to encroachment.

World body FIFA, after staging a final trial at the last Club World Cup in December, has already confirmed that Silva's invention would be used at the World Cup.
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